I’m talking in this blog post (second in the series) about why Google sucks if you have BPD. I’d like to clarify that I don’t have anything against Google (I use it on a regular basis!) and think it’s an amazing tool. However sometimes, it’s not quite what we’re looking for.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most stigmatised mental health conditions.
If you’ve been diagnosed with it, nine times out of 10, you’re going to head to trusty Google to see what it can tell you. But what it tells you is pretty shitty. Yep, that’s right, it’s shit. When I typed ‘borderline personality disorder’ into the search bar, I was presented with:
- People with BPD are hard to treat
- People with BPD are manipulative
- People with BPD are difficult
- BPD is not a real mental illness
- BPD is destroying my life
Quite rightly, if you see this being presented to you, it’s going to be so triggering for you. It was for me. I was devastated when I saw that the general consensus thought I was a drama queen or master manipulator or just plain difficult. It just amplified all these ideas I had about myself and made me dislike myself even more.
Google search just displays results showing what people, in your area, are asking about a certain topic. So if they’re experiencing negative BPD, anxiety, depression, bipolar etc symptoms, those searches will be shown to you. Crappy isn’t it? But, all is not lost. As long as you remember that and don’t let those things affect you (easier said than done I know, especially as people with BPD feel things so strongly), you can find practical information to help you. If you’re newly diagnosed and you see those things on Google, it doesn’t mean that’s who you are. You’re unique and your experiences will differ from someone else’s.
What you don’t see but what matters most is:
- BPD IS a mental health condition
- BPD can have an impact on your life but it doesn’t always have to be negative
- People with BPD are resilient
- People with BPD can be treated
- PEOPLE WITH BPD MATTER
Just like anyone else. We have a few more challenges than your average person but we take them in our stride. We take it a day at a time and try to understand ourselves more. What triggers us, what helps us and what makes us awesome.
If you are newly diagnosed with BPD and are looking for practical information and guidance, head to: